Exodus

  The Voice

Astounding One
always present
alive, unseen
yet not unheard—
Who are You?

 I Am Who I Am—
this is my name forever.
I am the Lord your God:
worship no others;
make yourselves no idols.

 The awesome voice shakes mountains:
No one may see me and live. 

 

   The Director

God to Moses:
           I have empowered you.
           Perform all the wonders;
           tell Pharaoh everything
           I have commanded you.

God through Moses
to the whole community:
            Keep all my decrees.
            Offer the best of first fruits;
            set up the tabernacle
            on first day of first month;
            put the Bread of the Presence
            on this table at all times.

God to Moses
regarding Bezalel and all assisting crafters:
            Make everything I have commanded.
            I have filled you with my Spirit
            and skill to do all kinds of work.

     The Protector

Has God changed from
literal to virtual firewall?
From cloud pillar to spiritual
access blocker?
Does God still protect?
God, do You still protect freed slaves?
Will refugees see God-fire blazing,
God-smoke billowing
beating back pursuers?
Oh God, please keep Your people intact!
Protect us from all attacks
and from our crazed attempts
to harness Your fire.

The Sovereign

Egypt under Pharaoh
bowed to a pantheon of gods
and oppressed the Hebrews.
Pharaoh presumed sovereignty
for himself and his firstborn son.
Holy Sovereign God intervened
nine times to the nth degree.
On the tenth round God’s
death angel struck Pharaoh’s son
and every firstborn son in Egypt.
On that night Pharaoh knew God was Sovereign.
Yet the next day with his army
Pharaoh pursued the freed slaves
as they crossed the Red Sea.
By God’s sovereign authority
“water covered the entire army;
not one of them survived.”

 

Meanness

Complainers, recall Pharaoh’s mean decrees:
Every male Hebrew child
shall be thrown into the Nile.
You will not be given any straw
yet must produce your full brick quota.

Grumblers, examine your own mean spirits:
be grateful for God’s liberation;
stop muttering against your leaders;
stop pining for Egypt’s foods.

 

Goodness

Miriam the prophetess
danced in joyous procession,
sang God’s praise with tambourine
and all the women followed
with tambourines and dancing.

Sisters, daughters newly set free:
celebrate today; lead the way;
play, sing, dance with abandon!
Like Miriam the prophetess
join the blessed procession.

 

 Intercession

 For the oppressed slaves:
            Lord God, why, Moses cried:
            why have you brought trouble on this people?
            Is this why you sent me?
            Ever since you sent me to Pharaoh
            he has increased this people’s suffering.
            You have not rescued your people at all!

 For the golden calf worshippers:
            O Lord, why should your anger burn
            against those you freed from bondage?
            Why should the Egyptians believe
            with evil intent their God brought
            them out to die in the desert?
            Relent; turn from your fierce anger.

 

 

 

 

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